Press Release Article


Date: Aug 03, 2011
Press Release Number: 49-2011

Promotion Part of Restructuring to Provide More Streamlined Chain of Command

Includes Two New Inspectors, Nine Captains and 11 Lieutenants

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey today presented new police shields to 38 members of its police department at a promotion ceremony at the Frank R. Conwell Middle School in Jersey City, N.J.

The promotions included two new inspectors, nine captains, 11 lieutenants, one detective sergeant, 14 sergeants, and one detective.

On hand for the ceremony were Port Authority Chairman David Samson, Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni, Director of Public Safety/Superintendent of Police Michael Fedorko, and other senior executives of the bistate agency.

Calling the officers “the new leadership of the department,” Chairman Samson told them they have the support of the Port Authority Board of Commissioners.

“Today we honor and recognize the newest leaders of the Port Authority Police Department. Each day, millions of commuters and travelers rely on the Port Authority to get them safely to work, to visit, and to their families and workplaces. It is clear with this new group of leaders, we are in the good, strong hands of the PAPD. The Board of Commissioners is dedicated to ensuring that these men and women, and all the people of the PAPD, have the resources and support they need to keep us all safe.”

Executive Director Ward said, “As we approach the 10th anniversary of 9/11 we need only reflect on the commitment to public safety and dedication to duty that the Port Authority Police exhibited on that awful day – including the 37 officers we lost – to appreciate the awesome responsibility our police assume. They deserve our support, our respect and our profound appreciation.”

Deputy Executive Director Baroni said, “Every day, more than one million people use our airports, bridges, tunnels, terminals and rail system, and this extensive network also helps support billions of dollars in commerce and trade. These dedicated and highly trained law enforcement leaders will play a critical role in helping to secure our facilities and protect the people using them.”

Superintendent Fedorko said, “Today is a proud day for the Port Authority Police. These law enforcement officers accept new responsibilities to help lead one of the finest departments in the nation as it works to protect those who live in, work in, or travel through the bistate metropolitan region.”

He said the promotions are part of a restructuring of the department designed to provide a more streamlined chain of command, with a smaller number of senior police commanders.

Created in 1928, the Port Authority Police Department has approximately 1,700 officers and commanders with full police powers in both states. Its responsibilities include law enforcement, the protection of life and property, and the safety and security of Port Authority facilities.

List of the promoted officers:

Captain to Inspector

Norma Hardy

Richard Brazicki

Lieutenant to Captain

Michael Brown

Raymond Bryan

John Ferrigno

Gloria Frank

Darcy Licorish

John McClave

Steven Rotolo

George Santiago

Geraldo Silva

Sergeant to Lieutenant

Dominic Acque, Jr.

John Adorno

Jose Alba

Mark Ciganek

Michael Cunningham

Christopher Figaro

Christopher Gysin

Lisa McRae

Michael Milne

Edwin Rodriguez

Steven Skific

Sergeant to Detective Sergeant

Kenneth White

Police Officer to Sergeant

Jason W. Bailey

Jisel Cruz

Vincent L. DeSimone

Scott W. Erickson

James P. Graf

William Hyland

Edwin F. Manigbas

Daniel McCabe

Sean McNichols

John L. Passarotti

Kenyetta A. Pichardo

Scot E. Pomerantz

Jamie Sandoz

Matthew Sheehan

Police Officer to Detective

Eric Lynch

CONTACT: The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Bill Cahill, 212 435-7777

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which is self-sufficient and does not receive tax dollars from either state, operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia, Stewart International and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge and Bus Station; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit system; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; the Port Authority-Port Jersey Marine Terminal and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan.

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